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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Look What I Found!

Good morning,

Catherine has done some serious gardening in the front yard.  She has taken down large branches and lots of brush that needed to be cleared away.  She brought the large pieces to the back yard and put them in a pile at the side of the yard.
Elsa claimed this one as her own.  She tried to drag it into the house through the doggie door, but just couldn't make it work.  Now it's back in the driveway while she ponders another way to get it in the house. 

Fortunately, it is still outside!


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Trumpet Vine

Good morning,

Trumpet vines live forever.  We've cut this one back several times and the tree where it grew to great heights came down more than a year ago. 

Still, the vine lives and climbs on bushes and the ground, still producing bright orange flowers.

Sometimes, it's wise to let Mother Nature have her way.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019


Elsa:  Mommy!  Look!  What's this!

Me:  That's a bug, Elsa.  It's a beetle.
Elsa:  May I play with it?

Me:  Well, I doubt the beetle would like that.  And, be careful, it appears this one has pinchers.


It's so much fun to have a puppy.  Elsa is six months old so this is her first Summer with all the wonderful experiences of the outside world. 

Monday, July 15, 2019

Crossing the Ohio River

Good morning,

I snapped these images while we were crossing the Ohio River on July 4 on our way to Riverbend to hear the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

Ohio is on the left; Kentucky is on the right.  The white building on the left side of the image is the roof of our destination, Riverbend River Center.
While crossing the river I just kept snapping my camera and hoped I would get some shots between the rails and beams of the bridge.  I did pretty well this time. 


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Pork Roast for Dinner

Good morning,

There are days when I go look in the kitchen to see what I'll make for dinner that evening.

This time I got out a pork roast, the end of a jar of applesauce, some maple syrup, and lemon thyme from my patio herb garden.  I put it all together, wrapped it in foil, and baked it until the internal temperature was 170 F.  I opened the foil to brown the top for the last 15 minutes.
This was fantastic!  Pictured above is only half of the roast.  We made two dinners out of this.

The first evening I served it with salad and potatoes.  The second evening I served it with garlic butter pasta with very locally grown tomatoes (also from the patio garden), and wilted spinach.

What are you making for dinner this summer?


Saturday, July 13, 2019

Useless Box

Good morning,

We are having so much fun in retirement.  Kjell's latest project is a Useless Box.  Well, it does have a use. It's one heck of a fun conversation piece!

A friend of ours saw something similar (this is a concept that goes way back) in the office where My Honey used to work. Kjell designed his own version and here it is.
And, yes, it took lots of time....  ;)  Kjell's version is a beautiful work of art.
Click to see this masterpiece in motion.  What a fun gift for the person who has everything.

And, yes, we've already been asked if Kjell will make a similar one for the shop.  That's in the plan!


Come see what else we've made!
Original and Traditional
Hand Crafted Designs

Friday, July 12, 2019

It Must Be July

Good morning,

It must be July.  The Day Lilies are in bloom.

These came with the property when we moved in more than 40 years ago.